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Comptroller: Mofaz mishandled campaign funds

State comptroller fines Kadima chairman NIS 28,000 for receiving illegal contributions, failing to properly document revenues, expenditures

Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz received thousands of shekels in campaign contributions that were funneled into his personal bank account, according to a report compiled by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira.


The two donations, which were deposited during Mofaz' primaries campaign, were received illegally, Shapira said in the report.


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Mofaz argued that that the contributions were legal because they were made by a known donor.


The deposits violated the Party Funding Law, which prohibits politicians from receiving cash contributions of over NIS 200 ($52). The two illegal donations that Mofaz received, which were made by different supporters, amounted to NIS 7,975 ($2,085).

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Comptroller Yosef Shapira (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


Mofaz' office issued a response, saying that the Knesset member has decided to return the donations due to their disputed nature.


The report, which dealt with the Kadima primaries that were held this past April, was submitted for Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin's review on Monday.


Also according to the document, Mofaz did not manage his campaign funds properly, failing to adequately document all his revenues and expenditures.


"Even if (the violations) were made innocently or due to a lack of experience, the result is that it wasn't possible to confirm… his expenditures and revenues," Shapira said in the report.


Mofaz was therefore fined NIS 28,000 ($7,320) for the financial impropriety.




פרסום ראשון: 10.23.12, 01:24
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